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. good morning. it is monday, november 5, 2012. welcome to cbs "this morning." with just one day to go the candidates make their final push to voters. new polls show the race is essentially tied. >> we'll show you how each candidate is spending his final 24 hours on trail and focus on ohio with that state's governor john kasich. >> new freezing temperatures and new storm means worries for millions of sandy storm >> we begin this morning with today's "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. . we're in this election. we'll finish what we started. . it you to walk with me. let's walk together. we're taking back america.
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>> president obama and mitt romney blitz the swing state in a race still too close to call. >> only one full day of campaigning left. >> all of this comes down to turnout because frankly there's very few if undecided votes left. >> the campaign we built is a close race. we think the president is in a good position to win. >> we think romney will win ohio. >> i think it's impossible to call. >> it's a week now since sandy hit but the people who lost everything and are suffering now in the bitter cold, it feels like an eternity. >> sitting here bundled up. it's terrible. >> as many as 40,000 new yorkers may need temporary housing. forecasters are predicting a nor'easter will slam the region on wednesday. >> me i can be hungry but i don't want my children to be hungry. >> a group of african painted dogs attacked a child who fell
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into the zoo. >> he used a prosthetic leg that responds to his thoughts. >> all that -- >> touchdown. >> doug martin finishes with 251 yards and four touchdowns. >> -- and all that matters. >> both of you can't get together and accomplish things in >> that's one of the reasons right now why your ratings so low. >> on cbs this morning. >> the city's flooded subway system may be running at full capacity next week which is amazing because it has never before. welcome to cbs this morning. tomorrow is election day. the presidential candidates have one day left to convince americans to vote for them. new polls this morning shows the race is razor close.
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president obama leads governer romney in one point in two major polls. >> another imagine poll shows the two candidates are tied but that's only part of the story. polls from individual states shows the president has a slight lead in all the important swing states and that's where both candidates are focusing their final efforts. >> on sunday the president campaigned in the concord, new hampshire, hollywood, florida and cincinnati, ohio. nancy cordes is covering the obama campaign. good morning. >> reporter: charlie and norah, good morning to you. the president closes his campaign today in the three midwest states that are central to his strategy, ohio,w iowa an wisconsin. his victory is almost assured if he wins here and they would be willing to put money on a big win. >> hello, florida. hello virginia. hello, ohio.
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>> reporter: crisscrossing the country the president told crowds of 10,000 and 20,000 that he's the same bipartisan hopeful truth teller they elected four years ago. new know what i believe. you know where i stand. you know i tell the truth. ♪ >> reporter: in the closing days this campaign has taken on the air of a traveling concert. over the weekend katie perry, dave matthews and stevie wonder warmed up the president's crowd. another picture on the campaign trail, former president bill clinton. >> he's been a good commander-in-chief, a good decider in chief. >> reporter: publicly and privately obama campaign officials express confidence they will win. >> turn out for me, colorado. we will win this state. we'll win this election.
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>> reporter: bruce springsteen and jay-z will join the president on the campaign trail today and the campaign is sensitive about reports that romney supporters might be more enthusiastic than obama supporters and that's help explain why the campaign arranged this crowd to be behind us 4 1/2 hours before the president's rally is expected to arrive. >> governor mitt romney is just as busy in this final stretch. he campaigned sunday in des moines, iowa, cleveland, ohio, morrisville, pennsylvania. this morning romney holds a rally in sanford, florida. jan crawford is there. >> reporter: good morning. we're with the campaign all weekend. at one of these stops i think it was iowa, it's running together at this point. i asked a senior adviser what did the campaign have plan leading up to tomorrow, what was the race looking like. he didn't hesitate. one word, we're praying, praying
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was the word he used. he laughed he said it with a smile but reflect an understandable inevitable tension this race could not be closer. >> thanks so much, you guys. virginia is the best. thank you so very much. >> reporter: trying to close the deal mitt romney is hitting six states in "48 hours." >> not only republicans he refused to listen to he refused to listen to invoices. >> reporter: refusing to let up on the president. >> let me tell you why he fell short of what he promised. he cared more about a liberal agenda than he did about repairing the economy. >> reporter: down the last day campaign advisers knows the race is largely out of their hands and it remains closer than they had hoped a week ago. romney acknowledged the chance he could lose. >> if the president were to be re-elected he would -- [ audience booing ] -- it's possible not likely.
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>> reporter: the campaign is projecting confidence even spending time on sunday in pennsylvania a democratic leaning state that republicans have not won. >> the people of america understand we're taking back the white house because we're going to win pennsylvania. >> reporter: now campaign officials acknowledge what we're seeing in these national polls that hurricane sandy last week stalled romney's momentum. internal polls say the campaign he's picking up support eight straight days. the storm flatened that out here in florida. he had a solid lead in virginia, north carolina. that has stalled. so this race and in these swing states now charlie and norah really could not be any closer. cbs news political director john dickerson and major garrett have been with us throughout this campaign. welcome. exciting race. >> indeed it is. >> let me start with john. what's the possible pathway for governor romney? >> well let's start context.
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if we look at the map and we assign those states that are red states and blue states to the two candidates, president obama starts with 237, romney starts with 191. the president already has a head start. and that means that if you look at the possible scenarios, president obama has about 431 ways he can get to 270, romney has 76. romney's best possible scenario for him is he wins florida, we'll give florida to him and ohio, 18 electoral votes. 15 in north carolina and that's giving him 13 in virginia. still not there yet. 266. this gives you a sense of how even the easiest path for romney is a tough path. he could rhine the remaining states even new hampshire, it's four electoral votes. but that gets him then to 270. that's his easiest path. >> obama? >> let's have john help me out. the easiest path for the
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president is win florida. a week and a half campaign advisers said that won't happen. they believe they have a chance now to eke out a victory. florida makes a big difference. they already believe that iowa and nevada are more or less won. early vote and demographic advantages they built and ground game advantages. you put those three together that's done they also believe they have a very good chance in new hampshire. a senior obama adviser said new hampshire is like chinatown for jake guinness. we feel about it but it leaves us a bit squeamish. >> let's talk about ohio because that has been the focus of so much of our attention ohio. it looks like that state is trending towards president obama. is that why we saw governor romney make a play for wisconsin, for pennsylvania, even men they were in over the weekend campaigning trying to enlarge the electoral map for
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romney? >> even if romney wins florida as we went through there, if he done win ohio he's got pind the votes somewhere else. if he loses ohio the paths they shrink down the single digits for governor romney. to increase his chances to get to 270 he has to find another state and they are looking for other states. pennsylvania, 96% of the vote happens on election day. not like when these early voting states. so, it's a razzle dazzle play. it's not a certainty but it's something if you can get a late kind of something late -- >> don't know about you guys but i was struck over the weekend by these pictures about early voting. this will be such a story on election night because four out of ten voters will have voted early in many of these states. look at these lines here. people were waiting five, seven hours to vote in florida. >> nine hours in florida. legal scrapes in florida and ohio that may get litigated in a way that cast as shadow over the
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outcome. this election. early voting has been better for republicans than 2008 but that's an enormously low bar and there's a higher degree of internal confidence in the two campaigns of when a is going and who is going on whose behalf. voter identification and communication with that voter. >> early vote, they feel particularly good in the obama campaign and early vote in iowa and nevada that gets the president up to 249. if you then give him ohio then he's up to 267. in other words you look at the strong states for him it gets him very close to that 270 number. >> one thing to add to all of this, those we don't know the size of the political universe. we don't know what the turnout modelling will be. it won't be that 2008. it won't be that robust for the president or that slack for recommend any. it may be like 2004 where it can get romney close. romney is ahead of where john
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kerry was in 2004. intensity and voter turnout does matter. republicans believe that's their advantage. >> so on that exact point the early vote, the obama team says that romney is losing in the early vote which is not surprising. the republicans say that's fine we'll make up for it because we'll have a huge surge on election day. that's the unknown. >> we talked about this on friday. low propensity versus high propensity voters. people who vote early, the hay is already in the barn. >> if you're a republican you want to see big long lines like that in big republican areas. you want to see your team running up the vote. one thing john mccain, the disaster of his campaign was that in 44 states republican turnout was down in 2008 from 2004. he didn't turn out the home team. that's what romney has to do. >> we haven't mentioned hurricane sandy. there are undecided voters and independent voters. can you quickly tell me what impact it might have had?
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>> haley barbour is a very sound analyst at politics. he said yesterday it completely stopped and stalled romney's momentum. he knows that internally. romney campaign knows that. what they have hope to is sandy diminish as a memory and tuesday become recalibration days. >> major garrett, john dickerson, see there's always more to say which is why we'll have you back again. all right. election day willing go ahead tomorrow in new york and new jersey, even in areas that still have no power because of hurricane sandy. one week after the big storm hit, 1.4 million utility customers in five states are still without electricity and the death toll is 106. schools will reopen this morning in new york city and many other communities however drivers are still waiting in those long lines for gasoline and officials predict another difficult commute because not all subways
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and trains are running yet. >> there's new urgency in the recovery effort because the weather is not helping. millions of storm victims, jim axelrod is in the hard hit secretary of rockaway, queens. >> reporter: this week the weather forecast is throwing one more challenge at those devastated parts of new york and new jersey. freezing temperatures for 1.5 million customers in two states who are still without power. >> onions, garlic. >> reporter: in the far rockaway section of queens, volunteers aren't waiting for the government to help those who need it, they are doing it themselves. >> people need help. we just thought we would come out and give them some hot food. >> reporter: at this intersection a makeshift supermarket sprang up in a marking lot. donations from churches and synagogues provided the inventory. food, clothes and plenty more. for people who say fema hasn't
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done enough. >> i didn't expect that we would be forgotten this long. it's been a long time and we still don't have electricity and still don't have heat. >> reporter: the drop in temperatures are on everyone's mind. >> it's sad. it's desperate. very desperate. >> reporter: creating new urgency for new york's mayor bloomberg. >> the magnitude of the problem is we think we could have something between 30,000 and 40,000 people we'll have to find housing for. we are working on it. >> reporter: adrian barner is wondering what's taking so long. >> we're cold at night. we're under the blankets that w have. >> reporr: she came looking to see whatever she could get for her and her three young children. >> it's hard, you know. you don't want your babies to go hungry. so, me, i can be hungry but i
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don't want my children to be hungry. >> reporter: she ended up with just what she needed, food and diapers. >> did you get the size you needed? >> smaller but he'll squeeze in them for now. something is better than nothing. something is better than nothing. >> reporter: here in the rockaway, police have instituted a 9:00 curfew. that's the one silver lining if there's any as far as the cold temperatures go. they may help keep the streets clear at night. norah, charlie. >> so tough for so many people. sandy's victims are nervous over another storm. another storm expected to hit the east coast this week. david bernard is in miami. this is like a one-two punch for a lot of people. >> reporter: not good news. this has the potential to be a strong nor'easter. let's take everybody through the timetable in how i think this will evolve. this is our developing storm. this is tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. we'll have low pressure developing over florida.
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and during tuesday night and early wednesday morning this storm is going to begin to gather strength out of the outer banks of north carolina and during the day wednesday we'll see the weather deteriorate across the northeast. even areas inland like d.c., it may start as a heavy wet snow on wednesday evening before changing over to rain and it looks like the bad weather could last all the way into say thursday night and maybe even into friday night as well. >> david bernard, thank you so much. time to show you this morning's headlines. the china daily reports that china has two new military leaders. those generals were appointed to the central military commission of the communist party. some see the changes as a sign that china will challenge american military interest in the western pacific. >> "pittsburgh post gazette" says a 2-year-old boy was killed at the pittsburgh zoo. he lost his balance after his mother lifted him on a railing at a wild african dog exhibit. he fell 14 feet and was mauled by the dogs.
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officials are not certain how the boy died. >> jerusalem post called for an inter 0 investigation of mahmoud ahmadinejad. and diabetic patients benefit more from bypass operation than from stents. >> hurricane sandy is affecting college admissions. this week's s.a.t.s have been kpeld. and colleges have had to scrap their deadline for early
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road in staten island bringing supplies to sandy's victims instead of competing in one of the world's great races. >> at first the reaction is a bit of disappointment. but you get over it when you see everything that's going on. >> we'll follow the runners this morning and look at the controversial late decision to cancel the new york city marathon. and the presidential candidates are going all out campaigning in three or four states a day with little rest. what does that could to your health? we'll ask a former white house doctor on cbs this morning. >> this portion of cbs "this morning" is sponsored by cracker barrel.
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on election day i'm voting for mitt romney but if i had to pick one guy to have my back in a crisis it would be barack obama. he's been amazing. you know so kind, such a leader a true inspiration. again i'll be a good soldier i'll vote for romney but i'm going to hate it. do you hear me? i will hate it. and one final note to the new jersey residents who are going through the phone book and making threatening phone calls to people named sandy cut it out you're being idiots. all right, be safe. >> had a field day with the election coming up. the new york city marathon usually brings the city together. this year after superstorm sandy it drove some people apart. the race was cancelled with less than "48 hours" notice after an uproar. this morning we'll hear from some of the runners and show you
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what they did instead on sunday
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look at this. it happened in utah. a train hit a water truck with two people in the cab. this morning they are doing okay. welcome back to cbs "this morning." when sunday's new york city's marathon was cancelled nearly 60,000 runners from 125 countries had no trees run. >> others got involved in superstorm sandy relief efforts. this morning the controversy over the race lingers. seth doane is on new york's staten island. seth, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. i'm standing just about four miles from where the starting line of the new york marathon was set to be. but it scenes like this that changed all of those plans.
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hundreds would-be marathon runners in orange jerseys set out on a new course sunday. they carried relief supplies to devastated parts of staten island. >> i was hoping to run. >> reporter: michael reed trained for almost four months for sun's marathon. he spent thousands on preparations, hotels and flying in from london. >> at first your reaction is a bit of a disappointment. but, you get over it when you see everything that's going on. >> we have to have a city going forward. >> reporter: initially new york mayor michael bloomberg said the city would hold the race as planned but following sandy many were outraged resources and attention would go a race rather than relief. the "new york post" fuelled the outcry. friday afternoon bloomberg back tracked. >> we just don't need the distraction. >> reporter: cancelling two days before the marathon created its own stir. mary is a sports reporter for
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the "new york times." >> the decision could have made earlier. hindsight is 20/20. i think the anger on friday was a lot greater than what people expected. >> reporter: michael reed and his running partner sherri harpez took it in stride. they clocked 10 miles with relief supplies on their backs and this was the finish line. >> quite overwhelming. >> it's sad but nice to see humanity come through in times like this. >> reporter: new york roadrunners which organized the marathon donated race supplies to the relief effort. and in this hard hit neighborhood of staten island, laurette downey was happy to get attention. >> it's a god send. >> reporter: now usually people wave off the media tell us to get out. here in this neighborhood people have told us take pictures, take
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as many pictures as you can. let people see how much we're suffering. >> seth, do you think there's a consensus here in terms much attitude about this? >> reporter: i couldn't quite hear you. i think you asked about the attitude. >> general attitude. >> reporter: here among the marathon runners yesterday the people we spoke with were kind of happy almost to change the focus of the marathon a bit. so we found people who certainly there was controversy but they were happy to have a new focus. >> seth doane, thank you. charlie good to see some of those marathon runners pitched in to help the needy people there. >> i was in the park on sunday morning and full of people running. now whether they were marathoners or not but lost of people in the park. >> in new jersey this morning one mayor is promising to restore the shore in his town by next summer. it's an ambitious plan a week after hurricane sandy hit and ben tracy is in belmar, new jersey with that part of the story.
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ben, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. belmar is one much these towns synonymous with the jersey shore and took a beating from hurricane sandy as you can see here. the folks here who make all of their money basically off the tourists who come here in the summer to these beaches they are not waiting to rebuild their town. the ocean is the life blood of this coastal town. but it's also what almost killed it. so with the same giant pumps used to bail out new orleans after hurricane katrina, belmar, new jersey is returning the favor. >> get this water out of our town and back in the atlantic. >> reporter: belmar mayor said sandy swept his town over seven city blocks. what sandy did not flood she basically trashed. >> now we're in a recovery phase, getting the water out. at the same time we have heavy machine engineer that's moving the debris. >> reporter: the streets are being cleared.
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the sand trap left behind is being erased. >> we're trying to get power to the laundromat. >> reporter: nobody has electricity so the mayor had charging stations installed. >> council is receiving distribution. >> reporter: he's running the distribution center that's providing warmth and food that some people in bell hard have. >> what's it took at home right now? >> my home is cold. my brothers are hungry. >> as you go out into belmar with your assigned duty. >> reporter: everybody here has a job. >> i make grill cheese sandwiches. >> reporter: the mayor is telling restaurants to open and give their food away for free. >> we're here for the people. >> reporter: belmar, new jersey is a town of just 5900 people. it's e street gave name to bruce springsteen's band. the town swells to 60,000 in the
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summer who flock to the boardwalk for seafood festivals and sand castles contest. >> this was your boardwalk? >> all the piles you see here were over there. >> what's it like to see it like this? >> it's, you know, shocking and devastating at the same time. heart and soul of a town like this. it's where the people come to walk. people come to bike. people come to socialize. >> one, two, three. >> reporter: finishing off what sandy started and then replacing it is the mayor's next mission. >> to have a vibrant summer we have to have the boardwalk rebuilt. it's my commitment to have this boardwalk rebuilt by memorial day next year. >> reporter: is that realistic? >> absolutely. >> reporter: you tend to believe a guy who when nothing makes sense he makes sure everything is put back where it belongs. you may be wondering how a small town like this pays for all of this recovery.
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well the mayor is too. he says he's counting on state and federal disaster assistance, but he says he simply can't wait for those checks start arriving before they start rebuilding the town. >> good to see they are ready to rebuild. one week later what's their biggest concern right now? >> reporter: the biggest concern is power. 100% of the people in this town do not have power and now when we're talking about another nor'easter coming up the shore potentially on wednesday evening that's a real concern for the folks here in addition to the temperatures that are dropping into the 30s.
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compared to most americans the presidential candidates are in great physical shape but running for office can take a toll on their health. a former white house doctor talks about campaign stress next on cbs "this morning." when we got married. i had three kids. and she became the full time mother of three. it was soccer, and ballet, and cheerleading, and baseball. those years were crazy. so, as we go into this next phase, you know, a big part of it for us is that there isn't anything on the schedule.
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> you know i'm working hard because my voice is getting raspy. those folks in the back you can't hear me let me know. you guys all right back there? >> you may have heard president obama sounding a bit hoarse as he and governor romney.
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bill plante focus on the challenges they face in the final days of this campaign. >> reporter: with 24 hours left in the 2012 election marathon, mitt romney and barack obama are in an all out sprint. >> held jobs ohio. >> god bless the people of wisconsin. >> hello, boulder. >> that's a virginia beach welcome. >> i'm liken to it the ultimate stress test. your blood pressure is higher. your pulse is higher. you look at the blink rate of the candidates. >> reporter: dr. dr. connie mariano knows about stress. she served as white house physician for bill clinton and briefly for both president bushes. >> there are certain occupational hazards of running for office. usually the candidates will have back pain because they stands up long hours at a time shaking hands, wrist pain, carpal tunnel syndrome from shaking so many hands. >> reporter: gone are the days when the commander-in-chief showed his vigor by playing a little golf. going for a jog. or knocking down a few pins in
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the white house bowling alley. >> you look great. >> i feel great. >> how much do you weigh? >> you know -- [ laughter ] >> -- about 180. >> reporter: these candidates are fitness nuts. president obama exercises six days a week. 45 minutes on the treadmill, some weight training and shoots hoops when he can. three times a week governor romney rides a stationary bike and works the elliptical machine. paul ryan is the fitness of all. >> he's in good shape. >> it's like running a marathon. they have to train for it. they have to prepare mentally for it. they have to have a pretty good schedule about timing rest. >> reporter: both candidates watch their diets. governor romney doesn't drink challenge or caffeinated drinks and features peanut butter and honey sandwiches. with encouragement from the
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first lady the president quit smoking and ad here's to a balanced diet and snacks on trail mix. but campaign stops can often spell trouble. >> there's food every where so the tempbtation is not to overeat. a lot of times they forget tote because they are busy. >> reporter: despite the negative health implications of vying to be leader of the free world the good doctor said we shouldn't feel that sorry for them. >> what's ironic even though they look like they age before your eyes they live longer than most people of their generation. we had eight presidents die in office and four of the eight who died in office were assassinated. they go on to reap the benefits of a longer life. opposite i'm bill plante in washington. >> i'm amazed at the exercise routine these guys have despite the pressure. >> governor romney has had an
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elliptical machine brought into his hotel room. president obama is scheduled to play a game of hoops. >> did president bush 43, did he have an elliptical on the plane. >> yes. that's how these guys stay in shape. what if we could build a giant barer to keep cities safe from major flooding like we saw with sandy. it has been done before, overseas. that's right. we're going to show you what these giant structures are capable of when cbs "this morning" continues. >> "cbs healthwatch" sponsored by pretty goodo. enjoy the savoy taste of pretty goodo. choose taste, choose prego.
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welcome back to studio 57. as we do every morning we begin with a look at today's eye opener.
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it is 8:00 a.m. good morning, remember and welcome to cbs "this morning." the presidential campaign is in its final day. we'll catch up with both candidates as they race through the swing states that will decide this election. and we'll meet a couple who didn't let superstorm sandy chemotherapy them from their big day. first here's a look at what's happening in the world and what we've been covering on cbs "this morning." >> he didn't just refuse to listen to republicans he refused to listen to independent voters. >> i asked a senior adviser what did the campaign have planned in the next couple of days and he didn't hesitate.
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one turn, this race couldn't be closer. >> the president has a slight lead in all the important swing states. >> hello, florida. hello, virginia. hello, ohio. >> if he wins all three his victory is almost assured. >> we haven't mentioned hurricane sandy. can you tell me what impact it might have had? >> it completely stopped and stalled romney's mumts. >> alexandria day will go ahead ahead in new york and new jersey. >> the weather forecast is throwing one more challenge at those devastated parts of new york and new jersey. freezing temperatures. >> we're cold at night. we bundle together. we're under the blankets that we have. >> look at this. it happened in utah. a train hit a water truck. >> there's more to say which is why we'll have you back again. all right. election day will -- >> four days after hurricane sandy hit new york power was restored friday night to the
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majority of manhattan helping thousands of people in the borough reunite with loved ones. >> i'm charlie rose with gayle king and norah o'donnell. president obama and governor mitt romney are making one last mad dash through the battleground states. election day is tomorrow. polls show the president is one-point ahead. a third poll shows the race is tied. romney is campaigning in florida, virginia, ohio and new hampshire. jan crawford is covering the governor's campaign. >> reporter: governor romney spent a full day on the campaign trail over the weekend crossing from midwest to east and back to midwest again and then course this morning kicking off the last day of campaigning in this election here in florida, a state that's crucial to his campaign. then he's off to virginia. a state also important to romney and one that many people thought were safe for him. polls started to show a little slip slippage. he's going to ohio and finishing up in new hampshire. that's a swing state where he
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kicked off his campaign. that's a state that could well decide this election. he has a big rally. they are calling it a victory rally with kid rock and his supporters and then in boston tomorrow for election night. that's where his campaign headquarters are, with thousands of supporters hopeful for a victory tomorrow night. the victory and whether or not he'll win very much uncertain at this point. this race is very close. when you talk to top advisers they will say they think they will win but then again it's going to be close. you can get a sense from them no one really knows what's going to happen. we'll have to wait until tomorrow night. for cbs "this morning," i'm jan crawford in sanford, florida. >> president obama has a full day of campaigning today in three of those crucial swing states, wisconsin, ohio and iowa. nancy cordes is in madison, wisconsin. >> reporter: president obama arrived in madison, wisconsin at about 3:00 in the morning after a full day of campaigning on sunday. he is due to speak to the crowd in a few hours, obviously, some
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folks are already here and very fired up. he spends today in three critical battleground states in the midwest starting out in wisconsin then heading to must-win ohio and then on to iowa, the state that first propelled him to the presidency five years ago when he got that surprise victory in the iowa caucuses. iowa campaign officials are a very disciplined bunch. they always tell you things are going well. over the past few days they have grown increasingly confident. they say that as they look at early vote totals from key blgd states, look at internal polling and public polling they feel they have the numbers to pull off a victory. some even predicting they could pull off a big victory in the electoral college and sweep many of the battleground states. they don't need to but they feel like it's possible. the president will head to chicago, his home town at the end of the day today to watch election returns tomorrow. for cbs "this morning," nancy cordes in mad son, wisconsin.
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>> there has bean high percentage of early voters in ohio which could be the state that decides this election. gene reynolds is in columbus with that part of the story. dean, all eyes on ohio as we head to election day. good morning to you. >> reporter: absolutely. good morning. that's absolutely true. as of friday 1.6 million people have voted early in this state and they can do it again today if they want to. long lines at the polling places here over the weekend symbolize the popularity of early voting in ohio. where officials speculate 40% of the ballots me a wind up being cast before tomorrow. at ground level the pursuit of every last vote is intensecy figure as legions of volunteers comb neighborhoods on behalf of the president or mitt romney. jeff johnson is a republican foot soldier. >> there's work to be done but always work to be done. >> reporter: the time to do it is running out and that's why
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ohio state's mallory kimball was pounding the streets for president obama. the poll suggests the race here is close and legal challenges to the outcome are possible. and in the view of the director of cuyahoga county board of elections almost inevitable. >> we go into every election particularly presidential elections knowing we'll get sudden. if we don't that's a bonus. >> reporter: both campaigns are employing armies of lawyers to ohio, both to oversee the voting tomorrow, but also possibly to contest the results once we know them. >> all right, dean reynolds we thank you. ohio governor john kasich will be with us in our next half hour. >> we go now to an unconventional look at the campaign. the red skins rule.
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it could be a positive sign for mitt romney. what is it. the history shows when washington red since win their last game before the election the incumbent party holds on the white house. but the redskins lost to carolina. since 1940 the redskins rule has predicted the outcome of the presidential election 17 out of 18 times. >> it has been one week since superstorm sandy slammed into the northeast coast and storm victims have one more thing to deal with this morning. near freezing temperatures. about 1.4 million customers remain without power. for many that also means no heat. at least 106 people were killed by the storm and forecasters are now predicting there's another storm coming a nor'easter with winds up to 55 miles per hour. jim axelrod is in the rockaway section of queens, new york. jim, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. a lot of people out here wondering what's good about it. i can show you a grim picture over my shoulder give you a
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sense of what people are dealing with out here. so many mattresses, carpets, toys all trashed. i want to give you a look at a picture we've just come across some video time lapse video of sandy coming ashore. give you a sense how bad it got and why mayor bloomberg says up 240,000 people in new york city need housing. now as far as relief goes the supplies are arriving here. this is a lot with the national guard overseeing supplies as they come in. you can see a row of ambulances here. the question isn't how to stockpile the supplies, the question is how to distribute them. and until then what we've come across in the rockaway for instance, makeshift supply lines and almost supermarkets that are popping up in parking lots out here in this section of queens. donations from churches and synagogues to people who need
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it. we ran into one woman who was looking for diapers for her child. she got some size 3, she needed them in size 4 but she said to us something is better than nothing and took this long sigh and said again something is better than nothing. gayle, charlie, norah. >> all right, jim we thank you. on friday we told you about an amputee who is getting ready to before i his bionic leg a test. he climbed 103 stories on sunday to the top of chicago's tallest building without any trouble. his unique artificial leg is controlled by his brain and nerves. doctors say the goal is to build more of these legs for wounded veterans. that's an amazing story what your
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the effects of new york city's historic flooding will be felt for months and some people are asking why the city didn't donor prevent it. we have a report from london where officials built a big gate to keep the water out. >> reporter: for the last 30 years the thames barrier has been protecting the heart of london from the kind of catastrophic storm surge that hit new york last week. andy bachelor keeps this vast concrete and steel structure operational, always with one eye on the weather. with his decades of experience
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in the business, he could see the trouble headed new york's way. >> i've been looking at the weather and to see the three weather systems coming into new york was amazing what on earth was that going give. >> reporter: no surge has reached london's barrier. ten massive steel gates stretch 500 yards across the river thames. in times of danger they are raised to defend the city against the invading north sea. it was built after britain took its own hammering in a deadly flood in 1953. a disaster covered by cbs news man edward r. murrow and his team. >> when you watch a great flood it seems futile to see puny men pitch their strength against the water. >> reporter: a north sea storm surge swept through the streets and villages of east of london killing more than 300 people. >> all week long they've been pulling bodies out of these
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waters and they found bodies entangled in trees and lying on roofs naked, their clothes torn off by the wind. >> reporter: with millions living in low-lying london city planners knew it could have been worse. they also knew it was likely to happen again unless drastic action was taken. they went big. looking across this massive structure you get the impression it's been designed against a once in a lifetime surge. since the teams barrier went up in 1982 these gates have been raised 119 times to protect the city. >> that's 119 times that there was a risk of the river going over into central london. >> that's quite a lot. >> it is. by virtue because of london. >> reporter: london's defense system is second in size to the netherlands. that same storm killed 2,000
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people in the 1953 floods. also prompted the construction of a massive system of flood defenses. the barrier whose sweeping butterfly wings are as long as the eiffel tower and four times heavier. the eastern shelf storm surge barrier, which stretches over 5 1/2 miles and crosses three channels. engineers from the u.s. visited the the netherlands. >> they would ask questions to their locality. we can tell them the similarities and share information. >> reporter: shutting down one river is a lot easier than facing the complex system of waterways around new york.
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but with the damage to new york already estimated at $18 billion, it may be a question of pay now or pay later. for cbs "this morning," london. >> extraordinary story. i probably assume the officials of the city are already thinking about that. >> absolutely. the geography of this area is a little more difficult than london as charlie pointed out. >> we need to send them that tape. remember the professor sat in this chair and said is this a new normal, something we need to plan and think about. we need to get that tape over to somebody. >> yeah. >> asap. >> that's right. >> good idea. ohio is a crucial state for the candidates. they will campaign there. john kasich is mitt romney's leading supporter in ohio. we'll ask him if his state is ready for election day on cbs "this morning." headphones buy now broadway show megapixels place to sleep
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a suv is driving as a small splaen landing. this virginia as northeast airport. the couple inside the vehicle said they never saw the plane coming, they were not seriously hurt. and the plane landed safely on its belly. faa is now investigating this. how could that happen >> exactly. >> small regional airport. >> everybody is okay. >> everybody is okay. welcome back everybody to cbs "this morning." >> a bride spent months planning her wedding on the new jersey shore. superstorm sandy wiped out their venue. >> they still found a way to tie the knot. we'll hear from the happy couple.
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that's a live picture of cincinnati there. welcome back to cbs "this morning." earlier dean reynolds reported on the fight for ohio. the race is close but the polls shows president obama leading in that crucial state. >> so how close will election be and what will make the difference. with us now, ohio governor, john kasich. governor, good morning. >> charlie. >> the polls say a lead for the president. you say governor romney will win. what's the difference? >> well it's the way you do polls, charlie. i think god created pollsters to make astrologers look accurate. you don't want to overindulge in polls. the romney internal polling shows that we're still lightly
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ahead. and, you know, a lot about politics, charlie and you know intensity means a lot and there's such intensity on the republican side. it's reflective of the intensity four years ago. i saw an article somewhere where it described the democrats as grim determination. kind of hard to win with grim determination as opposed to genuine excitement. the internal polls is what it's about. the internal polls have shown romney ahead. i'm not spinning, this is what i think, charlie. >> norah and i have been talking about the fact that early voting results suggest republicans to win, the governor to win he has to get more than 56% of the remaining vote. >> yeah. well, look, first of all, the early voting -- when you look at the early voting numbers now compared to four years ago, they are not where the democrats were four years ago. they just are not getting the turn out that they were able to
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get. and some people think that the people that are early voting are people who would normally vote on election day and as you know, charlie, in a lot of these elections, republicans kind of win election day and democrats have to get a tremendous turnout before election day. so, look, anything is possible out here. it's so close there isn't any question. if i were to hear obama won would i be stunned? no. i don't expect that will happen. >> governor let me ask you, we understand there are armies of lawyers from both sides that have descended into ohio. your concerned that the outcome in your state may ultimately be decided in a courtroom? >> well, i mean anything is possible, norah. look, the way that the system works out here is you have a bipartisan election operation. and so you have a couple democrats, a couple republicans, they have their staff and then they sit down and they try to figure out what they believe the secretary of state gets the tie
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vote, gets to break the tie. but, you know, i'm not sure it's going to come to that. look i'm not a fortune teller. all i can do is what i feel and what i see in the streets, the numbers that i get. and i'm not convinced it's going to be as close as what these public polls are saying. i think it will be very close but i don't know it will be as close as what we all think right now. >> go ahead. >> let me ask you about provisional ballots. are you concerned this may come down to counting provisional ballots in ohio and why is it possible? why do you say that? >> because a lot of people got ballots to vote early and if you don't turn those in, you know, then you show up to vote, then you become a provisional ballot operator. and so it is possible, if it's very, very close that, you know, we won't know the results of this for a while. but, you know, again i'm just not a fortune teller. i can't predict that. the provisional ballots could be
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numerous, but, you know, we'll see. we still have today and then people can drop that absentee ballot into the ballot box on election day. >> i hear you saying you think this election could not be as close as everybody says it is and one side or the other could win big? >> well, i'm not saying big, charlie. i think -- i don't foresee obama winning big. this is sort of like reagan/carter. i was reading a story this morning where people was saying carter was going win and oh, my goodness how did reagan do this. what i'm saying to you is romney has been consistently ahead, even when it's gotten very close, which the internals have shown romney stayed ahead. and, you know, with these undecided voters they tend to break against the incumbent. so, you know that's all i'm trying to tell you. again i don't have a crystal ball here, charlie any more than do you. it's close but i wouldn't be surprised if romney won by maybe
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a couple of points. it wouldn't shock me. >> governor, how important was the auto bailout in your state and do you think the auto bailout in how people feel about each side's positions could decide some votes? >> i think the auto bailout debate could have an impact. but in terms of its impact on the economy of the state, since i've come in to office eve grown 112,000 jobs and auto jobs account for four or five hundred of the 112,000. i don't look at these polls all the time. these are things people tell me. we're talking about polls. i get glimpses of them. i don't study them. what i heard people give republicans in ohio, the governor, the administration, the governor be me, give us really, they say look things have really dramatically improved since they've been in. i'm thrilled with the fact we have a strong auto industry in the state. a lot of investment into the state. but when it comes to total jobs we're only up 400 or 500 out of
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the 112,000 and in fact the last quarter i.t. and health care were the fastest growing areas. >> is jeep creating more jobs in ohio or are they sending them to china? >> no. chrysler is the one auto maker that has increased employment. ford and general motors are kind of keeping their footprint or maybe even over time slightly reducing their footprint across the country. they have made significant investment in ohio. honda is a very robust automaker here. look i just met sergio. he's a terrific guy. >> with respect to this election and turnout and enthusiasm, the democrats say they have a better turnout mechanism and they have been wired to do this for a long time. you have a campaign organization which will turn out the more voters? >> well, right now, charlie, in the early voting they are behind where they were. it's just the rough numbers. i'm not telling you they are not
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going to get a bunch of people out today or maybe they got these new voters is going to the polls. that's all possible. but if you were out here on the ground and you sort of traveled around -- i don't think you do this just by crowds. crowds do matter. i mean there isn't any question about it. and the enthusiasm is really with republicans. and think about it this way. people want to see this economy get better. so what are you enthusiastic about in terms of barack obama? do you think he's is going to change everything? if i'm an undecided voter i think i might be very willing to take a chance on somebody else. it's like going to a doctor that isn't making you feel better, you know at some point you kind of change doctors. >> governor john kasich we'll be watching your state. thank you for joining us. >> all right, thank you. >> and political debates can get pretty heated but how often do you hear a candidate say do you want to get into this? we'll visit the california
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on election day some voters in los angeles will have to choose between two long time congressmen. as john blackstone reports their campaign is one of the most bitter and expensive in the country even though the candidates have a lot in common. >> reporter: as the election closes in brad sherman and howard berman know its time to close the deal with voters. from their names to their receding hair lines they appear so similar voters may have a hard time telling them apart. >> they have rhyming names, they are both jewish. >> reporter: jonah lowenfeld writes for the jewish journal. >> they are both liberal and their voting records are similar. >> reporter: they are both lawyers. ucla alums, family man, but
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above all they are both democrats. battling against each other by california's new top two primary system and redistricting. >> after redistricting wasn't there some way you guys could work this out? >> we each had a great idea what the other guy should do but the other guy didn't listen. >> the 30th congressional district isn't big enough for both of you. >> that sounds like a western. >> he's a show horse. and i'm a work horse. >> berman was first elected 30 years ago. sherman has been in congress for nearly 16 years. is it painful to be in this kind of a battle? >> some of the people i'm closest to are on the other side and some of the people that were closest to him or on my side. it has the elements of a family fight. >> reporter: what a nasty fight it's become. with tempers flaring this october debate nearly exploded
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into combat. >> he came over to my table, called me a liar, nose to nose. i put my arm on his shoulder. >> he grabbed me. he challenged me to a fight. pushed me towards him. >> reporter: the video went viral. the berman campaign seized the moment and created a commercial. >> he's ineffective, mean and too angry. brad sherman is not fit to he want us. >> reporter: voters have been inundated with attack ads about sherman. >> he's violent. this one that he's an ostrich. >> reporter: this one says berman is a free loading politician. their combined spending has topped $10 million making at any time most expensive congressional race in california this year. sherman has been leading in the polls but berman says the now famous debate incident has
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changed everything. >> he really became unhinged, lost control. >> knew that it certainly wasn't the finest hour for either one of us. >> reporter: sherman has been making a concerted effort ever since to play down the debate. no matter how it goes the voters of california's 30th congressional district know two things for sure. their next congressman will be a democrat with lots of experience and very little hair. berman versus sherman. two democrats spending $10 million to run against each other. >> as they said two jews one district. only they could say something. we'll be watching. we'll have the results on that one tomorrow. new jersey couple was planning a dream wedding tomorrow night. planning a dream wedding over the weekend. they didn't plan on superstorm sandy. so how did they pull off a last minute ceremony in the middle of
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a disaster? we'll tell you right after the break. you're watching cbs "this morning."
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it was back to business over the weekend for one married couple in lower manhattan. they returned to their new restaurant after four days without power. willem marx has the story behind that re-opening. >> the truth is we started cooking because we didn't want to be the boring married couple that started going out with only other married couples. >> reporter: when did you start inviting strangers. >> right after our wedding. >> reporter: for new yorkers,
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this couple first came love, then came marriage, then came cooking for strangers. the couple held on to their latin american roots in which entertaining they say is a corner stone by opening their doors to anyone willing to try their unique brand of entertaining. >> strangers come in to your home. >> absolutely. only the beginning. it's like the first 20 minutes and then you see with "food and wine" you become friends with them quickly. >> the couple's dinner parties outgrew their small apartment and a new home had to be found. >> we'll open a restaurant. >> reporter: what was the reaction when you told them we want to open a restaurant. were they encouraging? >> no. >> how come? >> not at all. i think it's an industry that the chances of success are very minimal. >> reporter: the couple started a kick secretary of state a fundraising tool that allows
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amateur investors to invest in a mature entrepreneurs. it's a concept known as crowd funding. in the past 3 1/2 years the website has raised more than $400 million. they found a space and needed 15 grand. they raised that money in just a week. comodore opened in july and became an extension of their dinner parties. >> people walk into the restaurant and say i invested $100 in your project. you really want to go up to them and give them a big hug. >> reporter: then came sandy. new york city's blackout left tens of thousands of small business owners in the red. four days later power returned. the couple was anxious to re-open the restaurant they only opened three months earlier. no flood damage but plenty of
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rot. the revenue losses is significant. how much we talking about? >> $25,000 to $30,000. >> are we going tell them we're open? >> we are open today. and come in. >> okay. great to see you soon. >> reporter: within hours the lights coming back on comodore was packed solid. the couple that once worried about becoming boring were back to doing what they do best. making people feel at home. >> i feel that people are supporting the city more than anything because everybody understands that small business got affected. they are happy to be out. glad to be back. >> i think they will do okay. >> i do too. food looks good. >> a lot of people talked about after the storm small businesses, independent owners immediately opened whereas a lot of the chain businesses were not
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open because people are living paycheck to paycheck. >> like the part they didn't toont boring couple. you know something about the restaurant business. shot out to chef jeff. you know something about the restaurant business. >> gayle you'll be fed for free. >> let me tell you eat is never george me. >> superstorm sandy disrupted the lives of millions of people here in the east including a couple that planned to say i do on the jersey shore. as terrell brown reports they were determined to put on the ceremony on sunday after the storm washed away their dream wedding. >> reporter: if tiffany kellner looked nervous on her big day it's because she couldn't believe it was actually happening. >> when i found out we lost our venue i just turned to michael and i started crying. >> reporter: the couple's original location the channel club in new jersey had been hit by superstorm sandy. on tuesday the owner of the
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seaside property called tiffany to say there was no way they would be ready for sunday's wedding. the building was flood. no power. a boat had washed on the lawn. >> it was her worst nightmare, a day she's been dreaming of for years and years and years and it finally came and it seemed like it could not work out. >> michael just stood there in the living room just holding me, crying and he goes we'll get through this. he goes what do you want to do? i said i love you. and i want to marry you. he goes okay. he goes we'll make it happen. >> reporter: they started searching for another venue, not an easy feat in the aftermath of a deadly storm. >> she went in. we just begged people. >> sitting in the cars. making phone calls. we had no way to charge our phones. >> reporter: two days later their wedding dee jay told them about a place called branches. stasia tsolakis answered the
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phone. >> there were tears. first thing she said to me i need a place to have my wedding. we basically put a wedding together in a day for her. >> reporter: a day is all it takes. once the vows were exchanged. even sandy couldn't stop this bride from smiling. >> fairy tale wedding. >> reporter: the wedding may not have happened as planned but because of sandy it's a day they say they will never forget. >> we're very blessed and fortunate to still have our house, still have our friends, still have our love. >> reporter: for cbs "this morning," terrell brown, new york. >> you love that story. charlie is such a romantic. >> michael and tiffany. all right. >> love the notion that the new buzz word is make it happen. both of those stories. make it happen. >> they did. >> congratulations.
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>> that does it for us. up next your local news.
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